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October 20, 2005

If you're working for the campaign to reelect New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, you're eating well. And we don't mean just in the nutritional sense.

The Republican mayor, who is dipping into his $5 billion personal fortune to bankroll his campaign, has spent nearly $50 million so far--including tens of thousands on takeout and treats just to keep his workers full and caffeinated, according to the Associated Press.

Staffers can log on to a website to get takeout delivered from one of hundreds of New York City's restaurants, all on Bloomberg's dime. The staffers are presented with a list of restaurants that are open at that hour, along with reviews and menus that are sortable by cuisine type or price limit. At the click of a mouse, they can scarf down pad thai, sashimi, a pastrami sandwich or falafel.

Bob Friedman, head of the refreshment company that delivered goodies for the workers at Bloomberg's financial information company and now does the same for his campaign workers, explains the mayor's philosophy this way: "He expects a lot out of them, and in return he wants to give them the best work environment."

Bloomberg himself says he's learned that happy employees equal increased productivity: "I've had a lot of first-hand experience in terms of knowing how to incentivize people to do a good job."

Source: Associated Press, via

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